Westminster University students visit The Factory

On Friday 24th November 2017, we welcomed a group of MSc Purchasing and Supply Chain Management students from Westminster University. The seminar began with an introduction to the company by Director Jenni Sutton and a breakdown of the seminar and Factory tour schedule.

Shortly after the introduction, Production Director Caroline Ash took the group on a tour of the different departments of the Factory and how collectively the Factory produces ethically 10,000 garments on a weekly basis. Different stages of the garment life cycle were demonstrated to the group such as the industrial equipment used to the effects of cabbage.

Soon after the group were shown the Fashion Studio, where they gained significant insight into; patterns, grading, toiles, sampling and small production runs. Overall, the group gained substantial understanding into how the complete production process works within an ethical and sustainable Factory.

Here are some comments below:

'I thought today was amazing because we got to meet the Directors of the company. Finding out how the process works was really interesting, from the start where you make the products, to finish when you distribute. I thought it would take at least an hour to make each garment, but it turns out they are able to turn one around in 15 minutes!' – Hannah

'I thought it was really interesting to see each step of the production process, and I think the Production Director was amazing when she showed us around the factory and went into all of the small details. She really had an in-depth knowledge to share with us which I found really useful as I’ll be able to apply that to my studies. I was also surprised to hear that one of their main clients was ASOS! To know a small UK based factory is producing for such a large fashion retailer is really cool.' – Jeanne

'It was very insightful as we now know what goes into factory production. It was really interesting to find out about all of the different processes involved and also to see what policies and compliances they have to follow. I was also pleased to hear about how they consider themselves a social enterprise, the way they give back to the community by offering training and workshops to the unemployed, as well as making sure their factory is run ethically and safely for its workers.' - Yelene

Following the tour the tutor Nicholas also commented:

‘I thought the visit was excellent and that your introduction and Caroline’s detailed examination were just what I had hoped for. I wish you and the company every success and look forward to hearing more about how you continue to develop.’